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To maintain security, Ukraine can have plan B before joining NATO, - Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

"A swift plan to get out of the collapse in which everyone ended up," the president said
15:44, 1 June 2021

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Ukraine may have a plan B to maintain security before joining NATO. The United States and the European Union can be the guarantors of such a plan. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Do we see an alternative to the Alliance? If this is the point of the question. How to get out of a difficult situation because of this threat, if Ukraine gets NATO membership? I can answer. Ukraine can have a plan B, when Ukraine returns its full territorial integrity, gets its territories, it will not be enshrined in something conditional like the Budapest Memorandum, which can be violated, but some serious players - the European Union, the United States, - will consolidate Ukraine's status in the security situation. We have an understanding of such a plan, and I can honestly say that I was going to talk about such a plan with President Biden because it is already outside the Normandy format," he said.

Zelensky said such a plan could work until Ukraine becomes a member of NATO.

"Because this plan - it means that today we stop the war, today we guarantee Ukraine's security, today we solve energy security issues, except for territorial integrity. And if we do it today, it's a quick alternative. It's not about geopolitics, it's about the preservation of people, the cessation of gunfire, the preservation of lives, our army. That is, this is a swift plan B to get out of the collapse in which everyone ended up, "he said.

Moreover, he said, the plan also includes guarantees of a military nature and energy security.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said earlier that Ukraine will not be invited to the NATO summit.

"Next time, perhaps, we will have more time. And we will hold high level meetings with partners. But I don't want to speculate when these meetings will be taking place; this time, the format with partners is not foreseen", he said.

The President's Office explained why the June NATO summit will take place without Ukraine's participation.

Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that a roadmap for Ukraine's accession to the Alliance would be discussed at the NATO summit in June.

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